City-provided fruit trees are a big hit in Long BeachRelease Date: 2019-01-29
City tree-planting offers aren’t unusual, but Long Beach has found a winning twist in its new fruit-tree planting program.
The offer: A city crew will plant one fruit tree — lime, lemon, orange, peach, pomegranate or avocado — in the front yard of interested Long Beach residents, with a priority going to yards in the western, central and northern parts of the community. Renters can apply, but the property owner will need to sign off on the project.
The city’s Office of Sustainability sees it as a win-win, with new trees providing shade and food in neighborhoods with the greatest need, and income for the youths hired to assist with planting.
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